“Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” - Acts 26:8
The contrast between the believing heart and the unbelieving heart is so stark that there is no reconciling them. Paul, on trial before Festus and Agrippa, accused by religious people, finds it amazing that they all are unable to believe that God raises the dead. They, on the other hand, think that Paul is crazy for believe that He does.
The unbelieving heart can’t accept that the universe was created by an intelligent Designer. The heart of faith begins with this assumption, and finds the other explanation - evolution - patently absurd. The heart of faith understands that we will all give an account of our life before God. The heart of unbelief assumes in the final analysis that our lives are pointless and meaningless and there is nobody watching who cares.
The believing heart finds comfort in life’s most difficult moments, knowing that our sins are forgiven and we have a loving Father in heaven for Jesus’ sake. The unbelieving heart sees no light at the end of the tunnel and ultimately lives in despair.
How do you choose to approach life? With a heart of faith? Or with a heart of unbelief?
Lord, open the eyes of my heart with faith to see the truth, believe Your Word, and live as a believer day by day. Strengthen me when I falter. Keep me close in Your mercy, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles